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Press Release

June 8, 2018

Northern California DX Foundation Secretary, G. Kip Edwards, W6SZN, SK

NCDXF Director and Secretary G. Kip Edwards, W6SZN, of Indianola, Washington, died on June 6 at the age of 71.  The Foundation has lost a dear friend and valued colleague.
Born in Wichita, Kansas in 1947, Kip was first licensed as KNØPID at the age of 11. The family moved to Washington State where Kip later became K7GGC.   Newly married in 1968, Kip and his wife moved to Berkeley where he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1971. After a stint as a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School, Kip joined a major law firm in San Francisco as an associate in 1972 and became a partner in 1978.  In 1976, Kip passed the Amateur Extra exam and became W6SZN.  After retiring in 2013, Kip and his family moved back to Washington.

An ARRL Life member, Kip served as President of Northern California Contest Club and editor of The JUG, the club’s newsletter. He was honored as Contester of the Year in 1982. He was also a member of the Northern California DX Club and also served as that club’s President, receiving the club’s DXer of the Year award in 1988. Kip is on the DXCC Honor Roll and holds 9BDXCC and 5BWAS.  He was an enthusiastic DXpeditioner, and contester, having achieved Top 10 status in many DX contests over the years.

In addition to his role as Secretary and newsletter editor for NCDXF, Kip also served as Secretary of the Yasme Foundation and editor of the Western Washington DX Club’s Totem Tabloid.   He was a member of the ARRL Maxim Society and a founding member of the Kitsap County DX Club. 

Kip made many great contributions to the Foundation over the years, helping to move it forward in numerous ways.  He was caring, creative and had a wonderful sense of humor.  His work will not soon be forgotten.

John Miller, K6MM
NCDXF President

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